Feeds

North East of England to become leading networked region

Geordies set to lead the wired way thanks to major investment

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The North of England is to become a leading light in the wired world, the government has decided. The shock announcement paves the way for transforming the north-east into one of the most networked regions on the planet. No mean feat -– in this part of the world, PCs walk the beat, buses take you to work and servers are found in shops. But then, Tony Blair always did like a challenge. The prime minister has enlisted the help of Stephen Byers, trade and industry secretary, for the task. The Ying to London's Yang will be the subject of the new Electronic Region scheme over the next three years. This will try to build a sustainable virtual economy in the north-east based on new technology. Over three years the government will pump £24 million into the region, which until today has stood patiently at the back of the nation’s technology queue. Microsoft and BT will be involved, the Financial Times reported. Northern Informatics has claimed responsibility for developing the programme. The scheme involves a network in excess of 50 "electronic village halls" to give people free IT access and support. It will also unite schools, colleges and universities in a "virtual education network." Following the government's announcement, rumours began circulating in the industry that Microsoft was rising to the challenge by releasing a version of Windows 98 aimed specifically at the north east. The Geordie Windows 98 -- or Windiz 98 as it is known -- is basically no different from the regular UK English version, but there are some key linguistic changes. The Register has put together a guide to Windurze 98 (nant-eee-airt). The Recycle Bin is renamed 'Aal ya shite' Dialup Networking is now 'Wor mates' Control Panel is known as 'Hoo te muck aboot wa the settans' The Hard Drive is now called 'Big disk' Other changes include: OK becomes 'Alreet' Help is now 'Ah cannit dee it' Programs will be renamed 'Stuff that dis stuff' Stop is now 'Divvent move' ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.